Johnny Miller was named lead analyst of NBC Sports’ golf coverage team in 1990 and quickly made his mark as the sport’s most candid commentator. As the 18th hole tower analyst for Golf Channel on NBC working alongside play-by-play host Dan Hicks, Miller provides an appealing mix of spontaneity and humor to go along with his honesty and reverence for the game. His candor and insight have helped him earn both critical kudos and viewer appreciation.
A decorated 25-time winner on the PGA TOUR, Miller made his true mark in 1973, when he carded a masterful final-round 63 – 'The Miracle at Oakmont' – to surge from six strokes back to beat Arnold Palmer, among others, and capture the U.S. Open Championship. That 63 stands as a final round record for a major championship, and the victory gave Miller an enviable USGA double, as he had won the U.S. Junior Amateur in 1964. Miller made his first U.S. Open appearance in 1966 as a 19-year-old at his home course, the Olympic Club in San Francisco, with a standout T-8 finish.
Miller went on to dominate the mid-1970s with 14 tournament victories between 1974-76 and was the PGA TOUR's leading money-winner and Player-of-the-Year in 1974. That year, Miller won eight events on TOUR, the most since Arnold Palmer scored eight wins in 1960 and an achievement that went unmatched until Tiger Woods notched nine official TOUR wins in 2000.
He collected his second major championship title at the British Open in 1976. He also was a member of the victorious U.S. Ryder Cup teams in 1975 and 1981, and the U.S. World Cup teams in 1973 and 1975.
Miller turned professional after graduating from Brigham Young University with a degree in physical education in 1969.
In October 1996, Miller along with Sir Nick Faldo were selected as the first two members to enter the newly constructed (current) World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine, Fla., and was inducted in May 1998. In 1997, the National Golf Foundation honored the Miller family with that year’s Jack Nicklaus “Golf Family of the Year” Award.